Short Little Interview
Not long, but fun
Dan John is the Strength Coach and Head Track and Field Coach at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah and a full-time on-line religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. Dan also writes articles for a variety of strength magazines and publishes a little newsletter called “Get Up” which registers up to a quarter of a million hits a month.
Recently, Dan became “Russian Kettlebell Certified” and currently, Dan is ranked as a Master Highland Games athlete, holds the American Record in the Weight Pent and holds numerous National Championships in weightlifting and throwing and maintains a full-time free internet coaching site. This is just a brief introduction, to see more, go to his website: danjohn.org
1. What is the biggest obstacle people face when trying to lose weight?
The unbelievable amount of information, both true and false, about weight loss contributes to it. But, number one is that cheap calories are so abundant in the USA. A bag of chips for a buck is about 1200 calories, but a dollar’s worth of eggs is probably 300ish calories. You can eat four eggs and not be hungry for a while and scoot through 3000 chip calories and still be hard. Fast food is TOO easy and cheap!
2. What is a typical mistake you see people make when trying to lose weight?
You can’t outrun, out bike, out lift an 1100 calorie bagel. Occasionally, go ahead and enjoy it! However, you can’t outdo bad.
3. What can people do right now, for free to start living a healthier lifestyle?
Free? Sleep. MORE! Go to bed early and get up and go. Drink water, too. If all you did was throw out the TV, most people would look much better. Go to bed!
4. What’s your opinion of at home workouts vs. going to the gym?
I like home workouts as it is what I do. I hate training even in my own school gym. Now, why? Everyone wants free coaching from me!
5. Larry, Moe, or Curly?
Larry, hands down.
I’d just like to take a moment to thank Dan for taking the time to participate. I highly encourage everyone to go to his site: danjohn.org. Dan has an excellent sense of humor and knowns what he’s talking about. The man is incredibly educated in addition to being one of the strongest guys I know.